ICC Committee Makes Recommendations For Tests, ODIs, Switch-Hit
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has concluded its two-day meeting at Lord's with a number of recommendations for the Chief Executives' Committee, which meets in late June.
The Committee, made up of current and former players, officials and cricket journalists, discussed a range of pertinent topics including Test cricket, One-Day International cricket and the switch-hit.
The board has recommended that all Full Member nations should play a minimum number of Test matches per year after noting a recent increase in teams rearranging Test series to accommodate limited overs series.
They also support a Test play-off event as the climax to a programme of bilateral Test matches under the Future Tours Programme.
The committee also reviewed the impact of changes recently made to ODI regulations including four fielders allowed outside the 30-metre circle outside of Power Play overs, two bouncers per over and two new balls.
They noted an increase in attacking play but were concerned that the two new balls may be having an adverse effect on spinners, but that more time would be needed to fully assess this.
The Committee received a report from the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on the switch-hit/reverse sweep and accepted a recommendation that the shot should remain a legitimate part of the game due to its exciting nature and high level of difficulty, although some leeway with provision to the calling of wides when a switch-hit is played is to be allowed.
Speaking after the meeting, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "I'm thankful to the Committee members for their valuable contribution and input. The discussions over the last couple of days have been of the highest standards and a lot of positive ideas and proposals have come out of these discussions.
"The Committee’s recommendation will now be taken forward to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board as required and then we will seek to roll out the agreed decisions from October 2013."
Both the Chief Executives' Committee and the ICC Board will meet during the ICC's Annual Conference at Lord's from 25th to 29th June.
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